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Eight Unique Ways to Save On Your Energy Bill

We all look for unique ways to save on energy and reduce costs. As our planet changes, we are continuously looking for new and unique ways to do this. We all know the traditional methods; closing curtains during the hottest part of the day to reduce unwanted heat in the summer, opening the blinds or curtains during the winter to increase the heat.  So what are the unique ways to save on electricity and reduce costs? 

Did you know that in areas with a lot of sunlight, a white roof can reduce the amount of energy used in the home by 40 percent? Once thought an urban legend, painting your roof white, using white or light shingles and roofing tiles can help you save money.  More importantly, it will help you save energy too.

Most of us do a nightly sweep to be sure our lights are turned off, and the television is not running, but what about those small appliances that stay plugged in? Appliances still use power when plugged in. It may be a small amount, but if you are trying to reduce your costs you nightly sweep should include unplugging these.  Which small appliances use the most energy when plugged in?

  • Desktop computers
  • Laptop computers
  • Televisions
  • DVD players
  • Modems
  • Cable TV boxes
  • Cordless phones (If you still have a home phone)
  • Coffeemakers
  • Lamps
  • Toasters
  • Cell phones and other portable gadgets that plug-in to a transformer 

Some of these, like modems and televisions, we wouldn’t consider unplugging, but your toaster or you coffeemaker? Why not? It may not make a significant difference, but it is making a dent. 

It is hard enough to remember to change your AC filter monthly; sometimes it just doesn’t happen. By not changing your AC filter or purchasing a reusable one that can be washed, makes your AC unit run harder and spends more energy trying to keep up with your cooling demands. 

Speaking of cooling, in warmer climates consider tile or wood floors. By removing the carpet from your home, these surfaces will keep your home cooler by absorbing the temperature of your home.  Besides, a cool floor on a hot day is one of the best things ever. 

Our smartphones can do so much, so why not invest in a program that can help you manage your energy consumption by monitoring your thermostat and let you turn off your lights when you aren’t home. One of the most ingenious and practical smartphone applications available, there really is no excuse for leaving the lights on when you leave the house. 

Do you do your laundry in the early morning or late at night? Congratulations! You are one of the few who have figured out that by running the washer and dryer during these times uses less energy and your power company may offer a discount if you are willing to shift to these off-peak hours. 

Throwing your dishes in the dishwasher haphazardly makes your washer run less efficiently and will cost you more money. Learn how to load your dishes so they optimize the space and cleaning spray of your dishwasher. The bottom rack is best for plates, but you should be sure they face the center of the machine. Your utensils should be placed with the handle at the bottom of the utensil holder (think about how much cleaner they will be), even knives. So be careful. The top rack should hold cups, bowls, and smaller items that can be set face down for optimal cleaning. By following these guidelines, you reduce the amount of food stuck to your plates, and it will prevent you from having to run the dishwasher again. 

Plants and trees aren’t only great for the environment; they are also great for saving energy and your wallet. How? Well-placed trees and plants block the sun in the summer and keep the heat in, in the winter. Not only will your yard look great, but you will also see the energy savings you are looking for. 

Most energy saving measures doesn’t take a lot of time or “energy”. So whether you follow the traditional methods or unique methods, find ways that work for you and your wallet. The bonus is, most of them a good for the environment too.